Hoynes, William was born on November 8, 1846 in near Callan, Company Kilkenny, Ireland. Son of Patrick and Catherine (Kennedy) Hoynes.
Student, University of Notre Dame, Apr.
Became editor New Brunswick (New Jersey) Daily Times, 1873, and later associated with M. M. (“Brick”) Pomeroy in editorial work at Chicago. Editor Peoria (Illinois) Daily Transcript, 1881-1882. Practiced law at Chicago, 1882-1883.
Admitted to Supreme Court of Michigan, April 10, 1872, United States Circuit Court, April 11, 1872, Supreme Court of the United States, 1875, Supreme Court of the Illinois, 1877. Professor of law and dean of law faculty, University of Notre Dame, 1883-1918 (dean emeritus). Was organizer and commanded the University Light Guards, 1887.
Republican candidate for Congress, 1888. Declined nomination for Congress, 1904. Appointed United States commissioner to treat with Turtle Mountain (North Dakota) Indians, October 4, 1890.
Appointed three times to serve on state commissions.